So at my job I work in an area in close proximity to a guy I’ll classify as a friend.
He’s a total liberal. He always makes jokes about white people (even though he is white). He makes fun of Texans. He hates conservatives. He got the covid vaccine free at my job the moment it was available. He drives a car closely associated with libs. I have never once hinted at my political inclinations around this guy; he would have me lynched if I ever said I didn’t hate Trump.
Tonight somehow we got on the topic of the coof vax, and I stated that I didn’t want to get it. He immediately asked me why in the hell I haven’t gotten it yet. I have reasons, top of which is the last time I got vaccinated I ended up in the hospital. Then he tells me he won’t get near anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated with the coof vax. I state that covid has like a .0001% death rate, he says it’s 95% and he also says he has worked in the medical profession and his mom is a nurse so he knows.
So I ask why would you get vaccinated if you can’t/won’t be around anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated? Why get vaccinated at all? Then he says the vaccine is only 25% effective, and he has a wife and kids. I ask why again, get vaccinated if it’s not effective? Then… then, no joke, he says the vaccine is 99% effective… if you’re around other people who got vaccinated?
The conversation ended with him telling me I’m selfish and I’m basically murdering everyone around me by not getting the vax. I had never considered this before. It went from a personal choice, to my decisions meaning life and death to everyone but me. I also said I don’t want to take any experimental vaccines, I’d rather wait a few years until they iron out the kinks. He then tells me that the covid vax doesn’t actually have covid in it, and I’m committing homicide.
I have so many questions. How can you make a vaccine that doesn’t have the actual virus in it? How can a vaccine go from a 25% success rate when used on someone else, to a 99% success rate when used on myself? How come a month ago before the vaccine was available he had no problems being around everyone but now he won’t go near anyone who hasn’t taken it? I’ve never considered the fact that by me not wanting to take this vaccine I was in fact willfully killing people; I don’t want anyone to die because of me, should I just take the vax for altruistic purposes even though I don’t feel comfortable doing it? How can I ever talk to this guy again, let alone work with him? I think he’s batsh-t crazy.
I really don’t know how to handle this situation now. I’ll listen to advice from anyone.